Social Security Administration Needs Severe Budget Cuts – Thomas Jefferson

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe As a mellow senior citizen and admirer of Thomas Jefferson, I usually give my fellows at the “commons” (property owned or leased by the government for the benefit of “the public”) the benefit of the doubt by not jumping to too many quick negative conclusions about them. However, as Thomas Jefferson […]

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History Making On Tax Day – April 15th

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe Attention all senior citizens! Did you check out today’s date?  It’s April 15th!  No it is not a holiday.  And, it certainly is not a holy day! Please take note that it’s “that” day.  The true April Fools’ Day.  The day when the IRS masters whip their hard-working, income-earning slaves into […]

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Mrs. Rumbleheart And Henry David Thoreau Both Continue To Teach

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  March 18, 2010 Mrs. Rumbleheart, my fifth-grade public school teacher, was already within the ranks of “senior” citizenship the first day I entered her class at Lincoln School. Her classroom was in the typical style of “adequate for our needs” schools in the mid-1950s. There was a cloakroom where […]

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Estate Planning Is A Life-Long Process

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe March 4, 2010 When should senior citizens begin their estate planning? Perhaps the better question should be “When should a senior citizen finish his or her estate planning?” The correct answer is probably that true “estate” planning goes on forever throughout ones life. The term “estate planning” has some puzzling interpretations. […]

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Are Good Manners Becoming Passe

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  February 18, 2010 When today’s senior citizens were growing up, what was “in” then (especially with respect to manners and good behavior) apparently is “out” now. Such things as manners and dress in the workplace, general civility in dealing with others, cell phone manners or etiquette, manners to refrain […]

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Senior Citizens Do Leave A Legacy – One Way Or The Other

By:  Columnist Bob Grafe First Published:  February 4, 2010 Have you noticed at about the same time you really need to be teaching your children or grandchildren something very important — they suddenly know more than you do? They really don’t. But, just try convincing them of that. They’ll frequently set you straight with a […]

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